Kentucky Air Guard plans flyovers Friday to honor front-line workers
By DON WILKINS | Messenger-Inquirer | Published: April 30, 2020
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (Tribune News Service) — Local COVID-19 front-line workers will be among the recipients of a military flyover on Friday.
The Kentucky Air National Guard will present a two-ship C-130 flyover across the commonwealth as a way to pay tribute to all those who are continuing to treat and serve the public every day during the virus outbreak.
The aerial demonstration is part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to all those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. Other flyovers have been conducted by the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels. Those started Monday in New York.
The first of two local flyovers is scheduled for 4:06 p.m. at Owensboro Community & Technical College where COVID-19 testing began this week.
And the second flyover is scheduled for 4:09 p.m. at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.
“It is a privilege for the men and women of the Kentucky Air National Guard to provide a ‘thank you’ to the first responders, essential personnel and all military service members providing support and resources during this time,” said Col. David Mounkes, commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing.